Get Together Project (Christmas UMOJA)

Intergenerational Refugee and Asylum Seeker

The aim of this project is the relief of poverty, sickness and distress among refugees and asylum seekers and the local community by the provision of, but not by way of limitation, facilities for recreation and other leisure time occupation, promote culture of inclusion and tolerance, education, training and skills development and promote socio-economic and environment challenges.

We hosted a Christmas get together for Asylum seekers and refugees  who live in the Tameside area. This project helped to make it possible, the intergenerational event from Children to elder people who have moved to the UK.

We know that people arrive in the UK with no friends and family and we have used this party as a space where people got to know each other and was a start of a process of forming new relationships and support structures.

We invited people to the invent which was held at Fitzroy Street in Ashton Under Lyne, Tameside on Christmas day.  We provided invitations and we invited people via text message and word of mouth to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to attend this event.

We provided food, drinks and Christmas gifts for Children and there was also an opportunity to dance and share stories. Young people had the opportunity to sing traditional songs and participate in games with the older people.  This was a one off event, however it gave the community a chance to get involved with Umoja Foundation Trust CIO, the new community group that is  being set up for the residents of Tameside and surrounding areas.